Stepping into the future
REPS stands for Road Energy Production System and is arevolutionary invention for converting kinetic energy into electricity . The kinetic energyconverted into electricity at every step or by vehicles on roads helps power a variety of applications. In addition, the surface of REPS can be equipped with solar cells.
REPS is inspired to contribute to renewable energy solutions to stop climate change. The inventors of REPS realised that it is possible to harness some of the human kinetic energy and convert it into off-grid electricity.
REPS is an energy converter that enables clean off-grid electricity to be generated through steps. This works through the force of a simple step over a plate embedded in the floor, under which there is a groundbreaking mechanism based on induction voltage.
REPS can be customised for a wide range of spatial and structural requirements. Depending on the area of application and the number of steps generated, REPS can be used as a self-sufficient stand-alone operation in the form of a mini power plant and environmentally friendly electricity feed-in, or it can also be designed as a power supplier for areas without a grid connection.
REPS demonstrates sustainability and stands for a clear commitment to greener energy generation initiatives. Each of us can contribute the steps we have taken to make our contribution to clean and sustainable energy production in publicly accessible places.
The technology behind REPS is protected by its filing with the European Patent Office and is seen as a clearer innovation in the field of clean energy production.
Years of research
As a renewable and sustainable energy source, REPS makes an important contribution to the reduction of CO2 for the protection of the earth's climate and can therefore become a "game changer" because it is modular and can be used in a variety of ways, thus offering high scalability even within urban areas.
REPS was developed by its inventors in 3 years of research. In the process, more than 15000 measurements and several thousand simulations have already been carried out with experimental measuring stands in the Wattens workshop. The conversion of mechanical energy into electrical energy has been measured experimentally and proven with prototypes manufactured by the inventors.
REPS is a unique and patented mechanism used to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy in a multifunctional, customised flooring system. Energy converters for driving on roads (for example the motorway) have not been used at all so far according to the current state of the art. Extensive patent research and market analyses revealed that only energy converters for pedestrians on pavements are known, which are operated by dynamos (as on a bicycle) or piezoelectric mechanisms.
REPS has many times the efficiency of known systems (e.g. dynamo, piezo, etc.). REPS floor plates absorb the kinetic energy of pedestrian footsteps or vehicles passing over them in the interior and convert it into electricity through a special mechanism, which can be used directly or fed into grids. In addition, each panel can be equipped with wireless sensors and control units and movement data can be transmitted in real time. This also allows REPS to be connected to a range of mobile devices, building management systems or traffic control systems, to name a few.
REPS can be used as a flooring system in differently frequented areas. Due to the freely selectable scalability of the number of installed energy converter floor tiles, public spaces can be flexibly equipped depending on the expected pedestrian frequency (entrance areas in supermarkets, railway stations, public squares...and many more) and the intended energy gain from this.
REPS can also autonomously generate electricity in urban and built-up areas regardless of weather conditions/time of day/night (in contrast to solar or wind power). Another possibility for REPS would be to generate autonomous electricity for urban sub-areas in shaded places (ex: underground).
REPS can also be used on busy roads. Due to the higher weight force, a considerably higher energy yield is achieved. In order not to extract energy from the car or truck in the process, areas are selected where energy is lost in such and such a way. The recovered energy can then be fed into an e-filling station, for example. This would allow a motorway to provide an island-powered energy conservation system. Areas where only lost energy is extracted from the vehicle would be toll booths, speed limits, gradients, and more.
REPS is freely scalable in size and could therefore also be installed in door handles, for example, to supply consumers with low energy requirements. Furthermore, cable cars and gondolas could be equipped with REPS to capture the energy lost through high vibrations. Furthermore, the REPS devices described here can be used in baffles that are subjected to enormous wind forces from passing trains/cars, which could be tapped by the corresponding device.